Board of Directors

Alberta Sport Connection (ASC) Board of Directors is a dedicated volunteer group responsible for the governance and management of ASC. They establish policy, oversee the implementation of core businesses, and provide guidance to assist ASC in achieving  its vision and mission.

Our mandate is to develop and maintain sports programs, facilities and services: and to raise funds to be used in assisting the corporation in the carrying out of its objectives.

ACS is a provincial corporation dedicated to the development of sport from the grassroots to high-performance. Our mission is to enhance, advocate and inspire participation and partnership as Albertans strive for excellence in sport. Our vision is for Alberta to be the premier sport delivery system in Canada.

More than 64 percent of children and 23 percent of adults in Alberta participate in organized sport.

Board Members

These individuals are appointed by the Government of Alberta:


Dr. Stephen Norris, PH. D

A leading performance consultant and sport scientist.

Vice Chair

Ms. Kelly Blackshaw, BPE, CEP, Calgary

Kelly is a Kinesiologist and certified exercise physiologist. She is the past President and co-owner of Foothills Health Consultants, a leading provider of medical, fitness and health programs and services to over 150 corporations in Calgary and throughout Alberta.

Currently the Director of Business Development at Wello, she continues her passion for creating happy, healthy, high-performing workplaces. Throughout her life she has been a leader in fitness and athletics and is recognized for many outstanding accomplishments, including being inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and receiving the Booster Club Athletic Leader Award and an Alberta Certified Exercise Physiologist Recognition Award.

Kelly was also honoured with the Alberta Centennial Salute Award in Sport and Recreation for her work with children through KidSport, the charity she co-founded. Recently she was recognized by the Conference Board of Canada as a Pioneer in the field of Workplace Health. Kelly and her family enjoy numerous activities including: golfing, skiing, scuba diving, hiking, and biking.


Ms. Ann MacTaggart, CA, Sherwood Park

Ann is a lifelong participant in sport and has played or been involved in ringette for over 20 years. She has been a dedicated parent volunteer at numerous school and local ringette association events. A past Treasurer for her local ringette association, Ann has also served on the Board of Directors for Ringette Alberta as Director at Large and most recently as President.

Ann is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Accountant (CA) and an independent consultant with a practice focusing on assisting clients to achieve operational excellence by supporting and managing organizational systems and cultural change associated with finance and information technology (IT) functions.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. Ann has held numerous positions in the financial sector, including: Chief Accountant; Controller; and Chief Financial Officer for Alberta companies of various sizes. In addition, Ann is a past Director of Member Education for CPA Alberta (formerly, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta), where she was responsible for the Professional Development program, serving approximately 10,000 members and clients.
Ann has also been an instructor for Edmonton Public Schools and CPA Alberta and has established and expanded her consulting practice to serve a wide variety of industry sectors. Ann and her family enjoy numerous sports and outdoor activities.

Mr. Antonio Flores, Edmonton

Mr. Flores has extensive experience with the International Paralympic Committee, having been the Director General for the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award for eight different Paralympic Games. He has also been involved in many different para sports within Alberta.

 Ms. Erica Wiebe, BA, BKnes, Calgary

Ms. Wiebe is the reigning Olympic Champion in Freestyle Wrestling. She has received two degrees through the University of Calgary – Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Honors) and Bachelor of Kinesiology.

Ms. Helen Upperton, Calgary

Ms. Upperton is a former Olympic Bobsleigh athlete and current member of the Canadian Olympic Committee. She continues to be well connected through her involvement with the Canadian Olympic Committee and her work in sport development.

Mr. Jesse Bhondi, Edmonton

Jesse Bhondi is a professional with 13 years of experience in the health care sector, public service, and management consulting with a strong background supporting diversity.

He is recognized as a leader with strengths in strategic planning, leading change, re-engineering business processes, defining continuous improvement processes, facilitating brainstorming, building consensus, and being part of powerful teams that conquer obstacles.
Jesse is originally from British Columbia’s west coast. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of British Columbia; a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta; and an executive MBA, with a focus on consulting, from Royal Roads University.
He is an avid sport enthusiast, competing in multiple sports throughout his youth, and is a martial artist (2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do) and a weightlifter.

Jesse lives in Edmonton and is dedicated to giving back to his community. He has worked with a number of organizations including the: BC Special Olympics, Canadian Diabetes Association, and the Ribbon Rouge Foundation (dedicated to eradicating HIV).

Ms. Kody Taylor, Edmonton

Kody Taylor is an Ojibway woman from the Berens River First Nation. Growing up in the small community of Riverton, Manitoba, she has a real appreciation of grassroots programming.

Kody actively participated in multiple sports as an athlete and a coach and her love of sport and recreation influenced her professional life, as Kody was the Assistant Executive Director of the Manitoba Badminton Association.

Kody is actively involved with the Friendship Centre Movement, the largest urban Aboriginal service delivery provider in Canada. She was a member of the National Association of Friendship Centre’s Aboriginal Youth Council for five years, eventually being elected President. She has attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York; an EU-Canada Roundtable on Youth Participation in Finland; and presented to the Liberal Caucus of Canada on “Youth, Jobs, and the Economy”.

A recipient of the Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Kody has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Native Studies and Ojibway, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, from the University of Manitoba.
Kody lives in Edmonton and is the Special Initiatives Manager with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association.

Ms. Taryn Barry, MPE, Calgary

Ms. Barry has worked with multiple sport associations at the national and international level. She completed a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Recreation and is involved in numerous international development organizations, including founding the Etisah Foundation which supports orphaned children in Cameroon.

Mr. Wade Kolmel, Fort McMurray

Recently appointed as the Athletic Director for SAIT, in Calgary, Wade is a former Director of Sport and Wellness for Keyano College in Fort McMurray, where he spent more than 17 years. During his time at Keyano, the Huskies underwent considerable growth and expansion.

Wade was actively involved with local figure skating, minor hockey, baseball and numerous multi-sport championships hosted in the regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for the past 17 years. He was President of the Wood Buffalo Sport Hall of Fame Society and an advocate of the future Wood Buffalo Sport Connection. He is a previous recipient of the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year award, a former President of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association, and was an active sport volunteer within the Municipality of Wood Buffalo. He is proud of the three CCAA National Championship Committees he was part of while in Fort McMurray.

Completing his second term with the Alberta Sport Connection, Wade was vice-chair of the Alberta Sport Plan Task Force which, through provincial consultation, set a strong direction for future sport programs and services available throughout our province. Wade has three children and his family enjoys a number of outdoor activities and sports including skiing, swimming, hockey, hiking, curling and many others.

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lloyd Bentz

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